The Chinese Shar-Pei, with its signature wrinkles, is a breed that defies social norms. These wrinkly pups are unique due to their distinctive coat. Keep reading to learn more about this amazing breed.

Sharpei Characteristics in a Snapshot

Shar-pei Height: Between 18 and 20 inches
Weight: Ranging from 20-27 kilos
Life Expectancy of a Chinese Shar-Pei: 8-12 years
Exercise: At least one hour per day
Approximate cost per month: £80

Why You Should Absolutely Own a Shar-pei

What’s better than your home and family? A dog who keeps a watchful eye on them both! Meet the Shar Pei – he’s been doing it for almost 2,000 years! Shar Peis are beautiful, affectionate dogs. They’re incredibly loyal to their families but are best suited to experienced owners and do not react well to neglect.

Although they may seem stern at first glance, the Shar-Pei is a loyal and loving dog who thrives on human contact. They’re smart, independent and love sticking their nose into everything.

Reasons You May Consider Another Breed

The Chinese Shar Pei is a strong-willed, playful, and loyal breed of dog. This dog makes a great pet for the person who wants a friend that is always cheerful and keeps life interesting. Unfortunately, this sweet breed is at risk of developing certain medical conditions related to their anatomy and behavior.

Like many traditional dog breeds, the Chinese Shar-Pei have a number of health conditions that can be passed on to any puppies they produce. If you are looking to buy a Chinese Shar-Pei puppy, it is advisable that you purchase one from a Kennel Club Assured Breeder.

Due to excess skin folds, Shar-Peis are classified as Category Three by the Kennel Club. This is due to their potential to develop skin problems and impaired sight. Crossbreeds may also experience these issues.

Common problems:

  • Skin problems – such as infections and inflammation between the skin folds are common in Chinese Shar-Pei’s.
  • Eye issues
  • Ear infetions
  • Itchy skin 
  • Shar Pei fever can cause painful swollen joints, swollen face and other symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhoea. 
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